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Silva Martin’s Top Tips on Riding a Training Level Dressage Test

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t’s always such a pleasure to speak with Silva Martin, truly. The bonus for us, though, is not just that she’s lovely and bright and funny, but that she’s an accomplished and talented dressage rider who knows the sport backwards and forwards.

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On Helmets and what looks good!

Team SmartPak’s own Allison Springer discusses the changing trends from tops hats to helmets in the dressage ring.

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Dressage Day Two Recap

The minutes and moments have been flying by at the World Equestrian Games for me and for everyone else here. That includes Silva Martin who, as you might imagine, has been very busy what with her husband riding in the

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WEG Dressage Freestyle Close-Ups

If you were lucky enough to attend the World Equestrian Games dressage freestyle last night then you’re aware that it was a sold out house and that we were treated to quite a show with the top dressage riders in

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Contributor Spotlight: Dressage Rider Silva Martin

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Getting analysis from an expert is always insightful and eye-opening. We’re lucky to have our newest Team SmartPak dressage rider (and wife to eventer Boyd Martin) contributing and walking us through the dressage at the World Equestrian Games. We’ll hear

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WEG Freestyle Exhibition

The Freestyle Exhibition started at 6PM and was really quite awesome to see. Glitter is almost expected. Throw in a set of wings, a couple of tuxedos, an evening gown, lose a few bridles and we have a party!

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Training in Germany

Guten Morgen. Last time I updated my SmartPak blog I was still in Belgium – well a whole lot has happened since then! Ayscha was still not a happy camper with the pressure of competing at Aachen building up, so

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Meet Renee and Let’s Do Some Kissin’

After an unsuccessful racing career, Kiss ended up in an auction kill pen, headed for slaughter. Luckily, a Thoroughbred rescue group was present and saved her life. I adopted Kiss the first day I met her.

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2010 CDIO Rotterdam

Here I sit roasting in my caravan in Belgium – How did it get this hot? Very suddenly!

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Kentucky Chronicles: Live from Lingen

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Good Morning, last I left you with me getting ready to show at the big CDI at Lingen, Germany. Let me tell you all about it – another fabulous show under our belts!

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Meet Kathrin and Isabella

My mare Isabella is getting older, and I wanted to make sure I did all I could to make her senior years as comfortable as possible. I searched all over the Internet for what supplements she needed as she aged, and kept returning to SmartPak’s products.

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Live from Wiesbaden

Good Morning – another sunny and brisk day in Europe greets me. It gets light here before 5 am, and it gets dark sometime just before 11 pm. It is hard to go to bed at a reasonable time when

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These Boots Were Made For…

The right boots can play a big part in supporting and protecting your horse, whether he’s at work or at play. From a half-pass to a sliding stop, we’ve got you covered.

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An Interview with Tuny Page

Over the years Arlene “Tuny” Page and her horse, Wild One, have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the show ring. Their career highlights include 12th overall and highest placed U.S. pair at 2006 World Cup, Amsterdam, NL Winners,

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Hello from beautiful Belgium!

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Hello from beautiful Belgium! The trip was loooong – it started at 9 am when the transport truck came to pick Ayscha and I up at our farm in Loxahatchee, Florida– he took us down to a quarantine barn near

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